GILLIO MEET UP WEEKEND
29 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER | ANTWERP, BELGIUM
This is it! Friday I get to welcome you guys for a wonderful weekend of Gillio madness!
Here you will find the program of what we have planned for the three days.
I tried to find the best balance between ‘planned’ activities and enough free time for you to discover
the wonderful city of Antwerp and all of its (shopping ;p) glory.
My mobile number is +32 472 82 02 23 – if you get lost or are late for meeting us, please let me know!
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Arrival in Antwerp, unpacking at the hotel, exploring the city…
Those of you staying in the IBIS hotel: you are 5’ walking distance from the Meir, the largest shopping street of Antwerp.
20:00h Dinner at “Eethuisje ‘t Neuzeke” – Prekersstraat 40, 2000 Antwerpen.
Dinner reservations I have made, we will have the tiny diner / restaurant to ourselves!
The chef is Peter Joskowski, one of my dear friends (we have known eachother for more than 10 years!).
If you haven’t given me your dinner choice yet, please do so quickly!
His prices are very reasonable for us:
1. Paardenstoofvlees (horse stew) €12,50
2. Vol-au-vent (chicken stew) €10,00
3. Varkenswangetjes (braised pork cheeks) €13,50
4. Fish of the day €12,50
5. Veggie pasta with feta cheese. €12,00
Of course there is a large choice of drinks and… Belgian beers!
Please note: no credit cards, only cash!
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Saturday morning is free time – to go shopping or to discover the city! If you want to go stationery/planner shopping, I can recommend following shops at walking distance from the IBIS Hotel:
- HEMA – Meir 35, 2000 Antwerpen
- PIPOOS – Jezusstraat 18A, 2000 Antwerpen
- PEN & PENCIL – Melkmarkt 35, 2000 Antwerpen
… but of course there is a lot more to discover by yourselves!
We will meet in the Grand Central Station of Antwerp after lunch to go to Brussels by train. Take some time looking at/around the station, it’s a real ‘railway cathedral’! Please bring €8 in cash for a return trip to Brussels.
13:30h sharp! Meet me in the central hall of the Central Station of Antwerp (than we can buy tickets)
14:08h Train to Brussels
15:00h – 15:30h Travelling from Brussels station to NIAS, a HUGE stationery store (yay!)
15:30h – 16:30h Shopping at NIAS
16:30h – … The event we are all waiting for: visiting GILLIO BOUTIQUE!
- NIAS – Charleroise Steenweg 4, 1060 Saint-Gilles
- GILLIO BOUTIQUE – Galerie Louise 116, 1050 Brussels
We will have dinner in Brussels (Tom is arranging this) and we will go back to Antwerp by train.
Very important: yes, the Gillio Boutique takes bank- and creditcards (muhahahahahaha).
SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER
Waking up and cuddling our newest Gillio babies…
An early start: we meet at the Groenplaats, for a wonderful city tour of Antwerp.
We start at 9 AM. I know, I know, it’s early, but we have quite some people leaving Belgium around noon and it’s really an ‘added value’ to have a small guided tour of our beautiful city, full of stories, architecture, …
The tour will start at 9:00h and end back at the hotel at around 10:30h so everyone will still have enough time to check out and get to the station.
Your guide of the day: Brenten Pieper, my wonderfully witty, smart and funny brother. He is a city guide and will take our little group on a FREE tour – so generous of him – but please be very generous in tipping him 😉
9:00h City tour of Antwerp, meetup at the statue on the Groenplaats
After the tour, everyone will go their own ways – back home, or maybe more shopping… I myself will be also leaving Antwerp around noon.
I am THRILLED this is finally happening – and I’m sure this will be an event we will happily repeat in the future!
SEE YOU ALL THIS WEEKEND!!!!!